RECENT ARTICLES
  • Athletic Departments Navigate Nepotism Policy

    by Paul Steinbach April 2012

    Confusion over who actually hired Brian Ferentz in February to serve as an assistant football coach at the University of Iowa resulted in more than one headline punctuated with a question mark.

  • Universal Truths in Fitness Facility Management

    by AB Staff February 2012

    We may be showing our age here, but we regularly invoke Bill Murray from Groundhog Day, the 1993 film in which his hapless weatherman, Phil Connors, relives the same day over and over until he gets things right. At one point, contemplating whether he is "a god, not the God," Murray says, "Maybe He's not omnipotent. He's just been around so long He knows everything."

  • How High School ADs Can Rein in Questionable Coaching Behavior

    by Michael Popke December 2011

    The final months of 2011 brought almost weekly stories of high school coaches misbehaving.

  • ABC 2011: How to Help Young Employees Succeed

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor December 2011

    Rob Bishop and Barry Klein have taken some flak lately for writing about the shortcomings of employees between the ages of 18 and 30. So it may have come as a surprise to attendees of the Athletic Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday morning that the co-owners of Elevations Health Club in Scotrun, Pa., really do want to see workers between the ages of 18 and 30 succeed.

  • Nineteen Rules for Dealing with Generation Y Employees

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2011

    Legendary football coach John Madden had only three rules for his players: 1) Be on time; 2) Listen and learn; and 3) Play like hell when I tell you to.

  • Commonsense Business Practices for an Improving Economy

    by AB Staff September 2011

    For the first time in four years, we’re getting ourselves prepared for growth. In our little corner of the world, we’re not sure that things have gotten better, but they seem to have stopped getting worse — and we want to take advantage of opportunities that should present themselves soon. However, we’re not forgetting the hard lessons learned over the past few years.

  • Track Coach Fired After Boys Run Shirtless

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2011

    A celebrated boys' track coach in Westwood, Mass., was fired and ordered off school property last week for letting his runners train without wearing shirts. Tom Davis led Westwood High's 4x800-meter relay team to the New Balance Indoor Nationals less than two months ago and had his outdoor team off to a 5-0 start this season when he started hearing about complaints regarding boys going shirtless.

  • How to Weed Out Qualified But Toxic Job Applicants

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2011

    Like the employees at many independently owned health clubs, our staff members have duties that include a little bit of everything.

  • Campus Rec Centers Serve as Incubators for Professional Development

    by Andrew Cohen March 2011

    Nick Davidson came to Davenport University five and a half years ago as a part-time assistant men's basketball coach and was soon put in charge of recreation and intramurals.

  • How to Prepare Your Staff for Management Positions

    by Amy Ashmore, Ph.D. February 2011

    Encourage employees to achieve their full potential.